A Beaverkill fisherman reported on his fishing last week - saying he had the most action fishing March Browns and imitators. He had equal amounts of success fishing the pools as he did in runs and pocket water (especially the deeper pockets) and some lazy strikes at big Blue Winged Olives and Isonychias. Surface activity was linked to sun and shadows - as the sun shone on the water, it sparked an increase in fly hatches; as it shifted to shade, the fish would rise while the flies abated.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 117 cubic feet per second on Wednesday evening, June 20. This was lower than the average flow of 248 cfs over 102 years of record-keeping. However, cooler evening temperatures have helped keep water temperatures more favorable.
Flies that are hatching during this end-of-June period include smaller Blue Winged Olives, various sizes of Caddis flies, Isonychias (in the afternoons), Sulphurs and Light Cahills.
As we are now into summer, flies will become lighter in color; good choices to fish with include Sulphurs, which are prolific during this time of year, and Light Cahills, in addition to smaller sizes of the Adams (#16 and #18) and Elk Hair Caddis. Remember that the smaller the fly, the thinner the tippet - for example, use 4X tippet for flies down to size #12 and a 5X tippet for size #14 and #16 flies, 6X tippet for flies sizes #18 and so on.
Bass season is now open, as of Saturday, June 18; traditionally opening on the third Saturday in June, this season opener also coincided with Father’s Day. We headed over to the reservoir and saw more cars, boats and fishermen than we had ever seen! Good weather must have had something to do with the turnout - warm sunny skies with no wind, which was rare during this windy month.